Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$24.88 - $26.52 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

#121219 Staff Research Associate I

Filing Deadline: Wed 2/8/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

This is a 100% limited position for 1 year with the possibility of extension or conversion to career status depending on the needs of the department and funding.


Under the supervision and guidance of the Principal Investigator (PI), graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, the Staff Research Associate will perform research examining the interactions between microbial pathogens (bacteria and viruses) and cells in infected zebrafish, including projects examining inflammation and the responses of the immune system and nervous system to infection.

Tasks include: imaging infected larvae through microscopy (confocal and immunofluorescence), maintaining strains of mutant and transgenic zebrafish, maintaining and generating microbial mutants (pathogenic and non-pathogenic species), manipulation of zebrafish gene function through genome editing, and genotyping zebrafish and microbes. Responsible for laboratory management including: ordering and organization of supplies, maintenance of lab and computer equipment, training of undergraduate students, routine preparation of buffers and media, zebrafish care, and laboratory safety. Will participate in the publication of scientific manuscripts based on experiments performed (when appropriate). Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of aquaculture/fisheries, genetics, and/or developmental biology; acquired through a BA or BS in biology, aquaculture/fisheries, or related field, and/or equivalent combination of experience and education.

  • Experience with standard recombinant DNA research techniques and standard laboratory procedures such as genome editing, DNA cloning, and immunostaining.

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Ability to clearly and concisely communicate ideas, thoughts, problems, and policies, with a strong portfolio of interpersonal skills which include the ability to interact with tact, diplomacy and sensitivity.

  • Demonstrated ability to organize, set priorities, meet deadlines, and efficiently carry out multiple and varied tasks during each workday.

  • Ability to proactively and appropriately facilitate the maintenance of lab supplies and equipment, maintain steady levels of lab supplies and organized records.

  • Experience with microscopy, preferably confocal imaging.

  • Experience with zebrafish aquaculture.

  • Demonstrated experience in microbiology, with some experience in bacterial genetics.

  • Familiarity with Apple and PC computers and demonstrated ability to work independently with a variety of computer applications such as word processing, database, spreadsheet, and graphics software. Willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Ability to keep accurate records of experimental procedures and results, to discuss them, and to prepare relevant oral and written presentations.

  • Demonstrated knowledge/understanding and at least some experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items. Willingness and ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.

  • Knowledge and ability to order lab supplies and equipment, with the ability to proactively and appropriately facilitate the maintenance of all lab supplies and equipment. Knowledge of UCSD and Division policies and procedures related to purchasing preferred.

  • Willingness and demonstrated ability to embrace and consistently uphold the principles of community for a collaborative work environment.

  • Ability to inject zebrafish embryos at the 1-cell stage with reliable and consistent results.


  • Must be willing and able to safely work with, and in proximity to, BSL2 bacteria and viruses.

  • Appropriate physical strength for handling aquaculture equipment.

  • Appropriate dexterity for manipulating zebrafish embryos.

  • Must be willing to be flexible with work hours to include occasional evening or weekend work as required for animal care and experiments.

  • Background check required.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $51,949 - $61,972 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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